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No FDR, Obama Hands Heart And Soul Of Democratic Party To GOP



The Senate voted successfully for cloture yesterday on the Obama tax cuts deal hammered out between the White House and the Congressional Republicans last week, passing the procedural motion by a convincing 61-7 vote.  We can expect this bill to be on the Senate’s agenda for final passage sometime today.

But the Democratic caucus in the House said last week they would not go along with the White House deal in its current form and have called for additional changes, including an increase of the estate tax before falling in line behind the Senate.

If the Democrats are being “held hostage” by the Republicans, according to President Barack Obama’s latest interpretation of Republican abdurate behavior on extending the Bush tax cuts, then repeal of DADT is being “held hostage” by a White House negotiated tax deal that every Democrat seems to find odious, but appears to be resigned to passing, despite any misgivings they may have about giving away billions of dollars to the wealthiest of Americans.

Everything else on the Senate calendar has been held in abeyance, including DADT, which has a “whistling in the dark” chance of passing as a stand alone measure, introduced late last week by  Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and co-sponsored by Senators Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Udall (D-CO) with original co-sponsors. Bless them all for trying, although I believe it is a Sisyphean task, with little, if any chance of winning passage.   The DADT repeal vote could come as early as today or tomorrow.

As the 111th Congress lurches toward final adjournment, currently scheduled for Friday, despite opposition by many Democrats in the House caucus, there is no doubt that if the Senate version of the tax cut bill, if passed, is brought to the House floor, there will be more than enough votes to pass it, no matter how odious it seems. The question that remains unanswered is:  “Will Speaker Nancy Pelosi resist White House pressure to bring the Senate measure to the House floor without changes?”

With changes, the House version would have to return to the Senate for another vote taking additional time, something unlikely to be accommodated.  Thus, my restated pessimism about the odds of passing repeal of DADT, asumming a tax deal passed by Congress would politically trump any effort to repeal DADT.  And don’t forget this White House has been insisting that the START Treaty remains a huge priority for passage in the Senate, requiring 67 votes.

But before we turn the page on this Congress, let us not forget how this situation began: Obama political advisor David Axelrod announced just a few days following the mid-term elections’ debacle that the Administration would not fight the Republicans by opposing a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts in the lame duck session of Congress.  An immediate uproar of opposition propelled a feeble attempt by the White House to walk this announcement back, but ultimately, Obama did indeed cave while shouting  a metaphorical “no mas!”

Never mind–if this odious deal comes to pass–Obama has not only foresaken a major campaign promise , but he has also betrayed his supporters, undercut the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives and given away the store to the Republicans signaling early that he had no stomach for a fight, even if such jawboning would galvanize his base.  Not to be content to accept such an unacceptable outcome, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, actually carried out a 9-hour “standing at the podium,” true fillibuster opposing the Obama tax deal last Friday.  Sanders did not support a vote for cloture Monday.

But what the hell–let’s just give away the farm–just the first rail of Democratic Party politics conceived and advanced by FDR in the first 99 days of his administration in 1933 amid the Great Depression, called a “New Deal”— which Congress rapidly adopted to “deliver relief to the unemployed and those in danger of losing farms and homes, recovery to agriculture and business, and reform, which included the banks and the financial houses”.

Sound faintly familiar?  Yes, FDR put together a social and economic platform to save the working man, the American family and provide for their economic security during his nearly 16 years as president.  The scion son of one of America’s wealthiest families, Roosevelt had the ability to articulate to the American public what he believed the country needed and the people deserved during the Great Depression.  He also possessed the requisite guts to take on the Wall Street barons and the bankers who stopped the American economy cold during the Great Depression by shuttering banks throughout the land, while many committed suicide as they came to ruin during the Wall Street Crash of October 1929.

FDR wrapped up the New Deal and Second New Deal that included Social Security and unemployment assistance into the framework of the “Four Freedoms”: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear–which he delivered to Congress during his State of the Union address, January 6, 1941.

These freedoms ring as true today, as they did nearly 70 years ago, when America would face an axis of fascism by a xenophobic Japan and a nationalistic Germany with a monstrous plan to subsume Europe under its control as it exterminated as many Jewry as humanly possible.  America’s economy had lagged for 12 long years following the Wall Street crash of 1929.  Bread lines stretched out across America and people begged to work for food.  There were thousands upon thousands of homeless families jumping trains, living in open fields and poverty struck tenements, which depression era photographers would capture for the ages.

At the end of 2010, America’s economy remains soft and millions are out of work, while many believe they will never work again.  College graduates are interning for no pay and string together short-term contracts with no benefits to survive.  We are at war, tied down in Afghanistan fighting an ephemeral enemy who bases itself across the porous border in Pakistan and fights further away in close by Middle East states such as Yemen. And we have yet to finish off a second war in Iraq.  These wars are burning $2 billion a week from an American treasury which is propped up by billions of dollars in loans from non-ally China.  This situation is simply unsustainable, even for America and all of its wealth.

With so much at stake for the American people, the “coup de grace” was personally delivered by Obama when he caved to the ascendant Republicans last week.  Obama and his negotiators willfully gave up the heart and soul of the Democratic Party to Republicans who proudly work, even brag about their representation of the richest among us.  Obama’s soaring oratory fails him in this moment–no words can save us from vacuous policies that throw good money after bad.

And so I quote FDR who so wisely and eloquently said on Jan. 6, 1941,

A free nation has the right to expect full cooperation from all groups.  A free nation has the right to look to the leaders of business, of labor, and of agriculture, to take the lead in stimulating effort, not among groups, but within their own groups.

The best way of dealing with a few slackers or trouble makers in our midst is,  first, to shame them by patriotic example, and, if that fails, use sovereignty of Government, to save Government…

Certainly, this is no time for any of us to stop thinking about the social and economic problems which are the root cause of social revolution which is today the supreme factor in the world.  For there is nothing mysterious about the foundation of a healthy and strong democracy.  The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple.  They are:  Equality of opportunity for youth and for others; jobs for those who can work; security for those who need it; the ending of special privilege for the few; the preservation of civil liberties for all and the enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living.

So as Mr. Obama prepares for a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, I hope he will read FDR’s speech which seems to scream out to all of us nearly 70 years later.  We need not reinvent a wheel.  Take a page out of history Mr. Obama and fight for what is right for Americans–for what is urgently needed now–not in two years, not in eight years, but now.  If our leaders can’t fight for what is right and just during a tenuous time in our history, then what will become of this great experiment called America?

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No TX Congressional Republican Will Say If They’re Attending Trump’s Rally in Waco – Will He Have Trouble Filling Seats?



Donald Trump‘s Saturday campaign rally in Waco, Texas, falls during the 30th anniversary of the 51-day siege that community is known for, when 86 people died after a failed ATF raid on an anti-government religious cult suspected of illegally stockpiling firearms amid allegations of sexual abuse, statutory rape, and polygamy.

Experts have been warning for a week that Trump’s choice of Waco, synonymous with violent anti-government extremism, was no accident. His rhetoric this week, including most recently Friday when he warned of “potential death & destruction” should he be indicted, has been seen as encouraging violence.

NCRM was among the first news outlets to report experts’ concerns over Trump’s choice to hold a rally in Waco during the 30th anniversary of the deadly siege.

Not a single congressional Republican from Texas will say they are attending, nor has the town’s GOP mayor, according to a report from Insider, which contacted over two dozen Republican lawmakers and other elected officials.

“None of the 30 Texas Republicans Insider contacted about the event said they were going,” Insider reveals.

“Most of the 30 GOP members contacted about Donald Trump’s inaugural visit to the site of a 30-year-old standoff between cult leader David Koresh and federal authorities did not respond to requests for comment about whether they intended to rally with the scandal-plagued candidate and perhaps say a few kind words,” Insider reports.

“Rep. Pete Sessions, a Waco native who now represents the surrounding 17th congressional district, praised Trump for shining a light on his hometown but said he’d have to miss the spectacle,” Insider adds. “Aides to Rep. Troy Nehls, one of the four House Republicans from Texas who have formally backed Trump’s 2024 run, told Insider he wouldn’t be heading to Waco because of a prior commitment in Washington, DC, this weekend.”

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Meanwhile, in addition to guest list challenges – the campaign refused to tell Insider who the guest speakers will be – Trump may have trouble filling seats.

Mary Trump, the ex-president’s niece who opposes him, has been running a campaign to get anti-Trump Americans to “sign up” for tickets to the Saturday rally, in the hopes of being able to turn away supporters.

“Donald has a rally in Waco this Saturday,” she also said via Twitter. “It’s a ploy to remind his cult of the infamous Waco siege of 1993, where an anti-government cult battled the FBI. Scores of people died. He wants the same violent chaos to rescue him from justice.”

“But we can stop him. If we book the 50,000+ venue, we can make sure most of the seats are empty when the traitor takes the stage,” she said. “We can no longer fail to hold powerful men accountable for their crimes against our country.”

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‘Utter Cowardice’: Jim Jordan Blasted for Telling Reporter He Can’t Read Trump’s Violence-Threatening Post Without Glasses



Countless GOP lawmakers over the years have professed ignorance over Donald Trump’s tweets as reporters ask them to respond, often claiming they hadn’t read them, but House Republican Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan took that performance to a whole new level Friday afternoon.

NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur asked the Ohio Republican congressman to weigh in on Trump’s social media post threatening “potential death & destruction” if he gets indicted.

“Jordan said he hasn’t seen Trump’s post,” Kapur said via Twitter. “When I showed [it] to him on my phone, he said he can’t read well without his glasses.”

“He added he’s reviewing DA Bragg’s letter,” Kapur added.

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Jordan, who didn’t need glasses to appear on Fox Business just two days ago (photo) is getting blowback.

VICE News Deputy DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich explained the progression.

“The stages of ignoring incitement,” he tweeted. “2016: I don’t respond to tweets —> 2018: I havent seen the tweet —-> 2023: I literally can’t see the tweet.”

“Utter cowardice,” declared former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh. “Not at all the @Jim_Jordan I knew & served with in Congress 10 yrs ago. Or…maybe it is.”

“The sheer dishonesty and cowardice of these people,” lamented MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, echoing Walsh’s remarks.

Government watchdog group Citizens for Ethics said the “extent to which Trump’s backers in Congress are going to not condemn [his] calls for violence are ludicrous.”

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Some tied Jordan’s inability to see the post to his apparent inability to see or remember all the Ohio State wrestlers who say they complained to Jordan when he was their assistant coach, about being sexually harassed or assaulted by the team doctor. To this day despite numerous reports and people publicly coming forward, Jordan denied it ever happened.

“Apparently, Jim Jordan is unable to see wrestlers being sexually abused or Donald Trump social media posts,” attorney and Republican turned Democrat Ron Filipkowski tweeted.

“Well, @Jim_Jordan has shown before that he has trouble seeing threats right in front of his nose, so this checks out,” tweeted historian Kevin M. Kruse.

But Jordan’s Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee may have served up the best response: “Why do you need your glasses to condemn violence @Jim_Jordan?”

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‘Big Shoe Drops’: Bad Day for Trump on Multiple Fronts in Special Counsel’s Grand Jury Probes



Judge Nixes Trump’s ‘Executive Privilege’ Claim, Orders Mark Meadows, Stephen Miller, Other Top Aides to Testify as Corcoran Completes Grand Jury Appearance

It’s a bad day behind the scenes for Donald Trump.

First, his own attorney, Evan Corcoran, just past noon on Friday walked out of a federal court building after completing more than three hours of testimony before Special Counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of sensitive, classified, and top secret documents.

His testimony, compelled by a subpoena, is seen by a former top DOJ official as “the most critical evidence in the case,” and should “allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”

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Prosecutors, citing the crime-fraud exception, were able to convince a federal judge that Trump likely committed a crime via his attorneys, enabling them to bypass attorney-client privilege.

Trump had strived to block Corcoran from testifying, but a federal judge and an appeals court, in an extraordinarily quick turnaround – some legal experts saying for reasons likely related to national security – ordered him to testify.

Also Friday, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell rejected Trump’s claims of executive privilege and ordered testimony before Special Counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury investigating Trump’s actions related to the January 6 insurrection from eight former top Trump White House aides.

Among them, Trump’s White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller, and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Also, former national security adviser Robert O’Brien and former deputy chief of staff and social media director Dan Scavino, ABC News reports.

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Meadows is a former GOP congressman seen by many as integral to the events of January 6.

“Former Trump aides Nick Luna and John McEntee, along with former top DHS official Ken Cuccinelli, were also included in the order, the sources said,” according to ABC News.

Former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman weighed in, saying: “Another really big shoe drops: [Judge] Howell rejects Trump’s executive privilege claim and orders Mark Meadows and others to testify before Jan 6 [grand jury]. Meadows has really been able to stay on the sidelines. No more–even if he takes the 5th, which [would] then force [question] of immunity.”


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